15 - 35 years of age
Teens and Adolescents
Teen years are some of the hardest years of life. It is supposed to be a time of exploring and learning about yourself. Yet in our world there are often so many expectations on teens by friends, family, teachers and others.
If you, as an teen, are open to therapy it can be a really helpful thing. Therapy can be as simple as just having an objective person to talk your worries and problems out with each week. It can be a place to problem solve, to make the best decision for you rather than the best decision for others in your life. It can be a place where you learn how to advocate for yourself to your family, teachers, friends, and anyone else that you might get nervous sharing your thoughts with. It can also be a place to really learn about who you are without the opinions of others.
Teens have great ideas and great insight into their lives and you need to be given more credit for this.
Note to parents: please keep in mind that working with your teen will most likely require some family sessions, as the challenges that teens experience are often impacted and influenced by the family.
Young Adults and Adults
Moving through the stages of the 20's and early 30's might not be as challenging as our adolescent years but they can still prove to be difficult. During our 20's we are learning to live life on our own terms, which can very be different and can be very confusing. In our 20's and early 30's is also when we really start to feel the pressures of our family's, cultural and societal expectations (having a good job, getting married, having kids, etc).
These expectations are hard enough but can be even harder when you choose a path that either delays them or these expectations are things that do not align with your identity and desires in life.
I really enjoy working with people in their 20s and early 30s. In our work together, we can find your voice, values, and goals in life; working to help you gain the strength and confidence to be who you want to be, not who others want you to be, leading you down a path of not just surviving life, but mentally thriving.
Areas of focus might be:
Anxiety, Depression, Stress, Self-Esteem, Loneliness, Codependency
Body Image Issues (including feeling like your skin color or hair texture doesn't fit in to the "ideal" beauty)
Life Transitions, Career Issues, Creating Supportive Relationships
Becoming proud or figuring out your "alternative" lifestyle
Resiliency, Coping Skills, Self-Care, Boundaries
Internal Anti-Oppression Work (understanding your privileges and working towards unlearning harmful behaviors that our society has taught you).